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AFC Bournemouth v Albion match preview

17 March 2018

ALBION travel down to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday to take on AFC Bournemouth (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

The Cherries currently sit 12th in Premier League table on 33 points from their 30 games so far this campaign.

They have only won one of their last five league games - with their most recent fixture being a 4-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the two sides was on the opening day of this season when Ahmed Hegazi’s header handed the Baggies a 1-0 win at The Hawthorns.

The Egyptian defender scores on his Premier League debut in August

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies have won their last two games against Bournemouth.
  • It will be the first time that the sides have ever met in March.
  • The teams have played against each other five times in the PL - with both winning two and the other ending in a draw.

AFC Bournemouth

  • Manager Eddie Howe is the second-longest serving manager in the PL, only behind Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
  • The Cherries have lost 19 points from leading positions this campaign.
  • Before their loss to Spurs, Bournemouth had only been defeated in one of their previous 10 league fixtures.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the 1-0 win over Bournemouth earlier in the season…

Head to head 

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the 20 matches that have been played, Albion have won nine times, there have been four draws and Bournemouth have been victorious on seven occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Graham Scott, and he’ll be assisted by Peter Kirkup and Constantine Hatzidakis - with Tim Robinson as the fourth official.

It’ll be the second time that Scott has refereed Albion this season, having previously been in the middle for the defeat at Southampton back in October.

Ticket news

Tickets for the game are now on general sale, with the Baggies having been handed an allocation of 1,325 seats.

Seats are priced at £30 adults and £17 seniors (65+), U21s & full time students.

They can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing from Kidderminster at 8.30am, Stourbridge and Lye at 8.45am and The Hawthorns at 9.30am, is available for £16.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Bournemouth is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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